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Though Barry Switzers career may have not always been glamorous it was always successful Switzer grew up in Arkansas but will always be connected with Oklahoma He is one of the best coaches to ever coach college football and reached a hundred wins faster than any other coach Barry had a different style of coaching on and off the field He has a College National Championship and a Super Bowl ring which cant be said by many coaches Due to his great success he is still hailed by Sooner fans Most people cant appreciate his success until they know what he has gone through to get it Barry Switzer was born on October 5 1937 He was born in Crossett a small town in southern Arkansas His first house was a houseboat on the Ouachita River His dad worked at the toll bridge over the river In 1941 he and his family moved to Long Beach California They moved there so his dad could work on ships during the war When the war ended he moved back to Crossett Barry just finished the third grade His dad went through many jobs but didnt gain any money Then he decided to go to Louisiana and buy a few cases of whiskey He brought the cases back to the dry county of Crossett and made a good profit After this he became a bootlegger Barry grew up as a poor kid and didnt have electricity or running water until his senior in college He attended the University of Arkansas to play football He was more homesick than he thought he would but quickly adjusted He played for four years and often said he was never good enough player to play for one of his teams at Oklahoma At the beginning of his senior year he met his future wife He was talking to one of his teammates when she walked and asked them for directions
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